Placement tests and auditions are scheduled over an extended period of time so that you may take more than one. Placement tests are important if you intend to continue in any of these areas at any time over the next four years. They are designed to determine the right course level for you, so that your courses are challenging and engaging for you, but not too easy or too difficult based on your prior experience in the field. You are not expected to study or prepare for placement tests. All levels of ability are encouraged to participate. If you miss a session or have a conflict, please contact the department representative listed (by email). Information sessions are designed so that you can attend to learn more about a given department/program and their course offerings.

Scheduled Prior to Welcome Weekend:

Pre-Health

August 11, Wednesday, at 11 am on Zoom
Zoom Link : https://conncoll-edu.zoom.us/j/96760286536?pwd=QzZBL3lLVTBsQkErZkJoek1hblptQT09
Or Phone-?(US) +1 312-626-6799  Passcode: 15804004
Description:  Meet the pre-health professions advisors and learn all about what it means to be "pre-health" at Connecticut College. Be ready to ask questions.
(An in-person session will be held during Welcome Weekend, see below).

Available Online Now:

French

German Studies

  • Online Placement Test (approximately 1 hour to complete): https://testyourlanguage.com/german-level-test
  • Email your results to Professor Suzuko Knott, sknott@conncoll.edu, prior to Aug. 27.
  • In addition to the online test, you will meet with faculty in the German Studies Department for an in-person interview in German to complete the assessment for placement.
  • Results: Will be emailed to you after the interviews by Professor Suzuko Knott.
  • Contact: Professor Suzuko Knott, sknott@conncoll.edu

Hispanic Studies

  • All incoming first-year students are required to take the online exam prior to orientation, even those who have successfully completed AP requirements. All other students who have not taken the placement exam should take it and consult with the department chair to determine appropriate placement prior to registering for a course. During orientation, Hispanic Studies faculty will be available by email to advise students who have questions or concerns about their placement.
  • Online Placement Test:
  • https://www.conncoll.edu/academics/majors-departments-programs/departments/hispanic-studies/spanish-placement-exam/
  • Review the website to determine your placement based on your score.
  • Contact: Professor Luis Gonzalez, lmgon@conncoll.edu

Italian

Music (Theory)

  • Students may take an online music theory placement test to help determine appropriate course selection (test takes approximately 45 minutes to complete): https://utheory.com/testing/hg7ah
  • In addition to completing the online test, students are encouraged to meet with a member of the music faculty to finalize their course selection. Please see the listing below for drop-in times on Aug. 27.
  • Contact: Professor Midge Thomas, metho@conncoll.edu

Scheduled during Welcome Weekend (Orientation)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

10:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M. | LISTED IN ORDER OF START TIMES

Academic Fair

Time: 10:30am-12pm

Location: Shain Library

Faculty representatives from every department, program and our Connections program will be available to answer your questions about courses, placement tests, registrations, etc. and to share information about how to get involved with their department/programs.  Tables will be set up throughout the library. Your student advisers can help you navigate the fair and introduce you to any department.

Drop-In Language Study Advising

Time: 10:30-11:30am

Location: Walter Commons (Blaustein First Floor)

Visit the staff at the Walter Commons to discuss your options for studying a language at Conn and learn more about Study Away opportunities, community engagement and more!

Art (Studio)

Information Session about studio art classes and faculty for any students interested in studio art classes.

Time: 10:30-11:00 A.M.

Location: Cummings 310

Class placement and Registration for any student planning on taking a Fall semester art course. Students should bring their real or virtual portfolio, if available, to help find the right class.  Courses selected during this session will be added to the students roster before online registration opens.

Time: 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Location: Cummings 310

Results: Will be given to you during portfolio review. Professor Barnard will submit your course registration for you directly to the registrar.

Contact: Professor Chris Barnard, cbarnard@conncoll.edu

Mathematics & Statistics

Time: 10:30 A.M.- Noon

Location: Mathematics & Statistics table at the Academic Fair

Placement Interviews (lasting 5 minutes) will take place during the Academic Fair at the Mathematics & Statistics Table. Strongly recommended for all students planning to take a mathematics course, particularly those planning to take any course in the calculus sequence, or a statistics course.  (Students who are unable to have a placement interview during the Academic Fair have another opportunity from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of Fanning Hall.)

Results: Will be given to you at the interview.

Contact: Professor Christopher Hammond, cnham@conncoll.edu

Pre-Health

Time: 10:30-11:00am

Location: Olin 014

Meet the pre-health professions advisors and learn all about what it means to be "pre-health" at Connecticut College. Be ready to ask questions.

Pre-Business

Time: 10:30-11:00 am

Blaustein 203

Meet our pre-business adviser and learn about how to engaged with our pre-business programs and related courses.

Pre-Law

Time: 11-11:30 am

Location: Blaustein 203

Interested in applying to law school after graduation? Learn about how to become a strong applicant and meet our pre-law adviser.

Environmental Studies & Environmental Engineering

Time: 11-11:30 am

Location: New London Hall 101

Meet faculty from our Environmental Studies program and learn about our partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the courses you need to take during your first-year.

Science for Science Majors

Time: 11:30am-12:15 pm

Location: New London Hall 101

Are you considering a major in Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics & Statistics, Neuroscience or Physics?  Attend this session to learn more about how to explore your options and what courses you should take during your first semester and beyond.

Theater

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:15 P.M.

Location: Tansil Theater

Introductory Workshop for all students interested in enrolling in THE 104: Acting I: Preparation in the Fall or Spring semester. Enrollment in this Core Course is limited, and this workshop is highly recommended for students interested in Theater as a major or minor.

Results: You will be notified by email by Sunday evening about enrollment in THE 104.

Contact: Professor Ken Prestinizi, kprestin@conncoll.edu

Italian

Time: 12-1 P.M.

Location: Fanning 405 (Professor of Italian Frida Morelli’s Office).

Placement Test and Interviews (10 minutes each). Students enrolling in Elementary Italian (ITL 101) do not need to take a placement test. Students with prior knowledge and study of Italian must take the online placement test (https://testyourlanguage.com/italian-level-test) and then attend a short in-person interview.

Results: Will be given to you at the interview.

Contact: Professor Frida Morelli, fmorelli@conncoll.edu

Music

Time: 12:30-4:30 P.M.

Practice rooms will be available to warm up on a first-come, first-serve basis on the first floor of Cummings. Information about using lockers for instruments and practice rooms during the semester will be available in Cummings 216 (Music Department Office).

Auditions for private instrumental and vocal lessons (5-10 minutes each). Please plan to perform a short piece that demonstrates your background. Students at a beginning level should stop by to discuss options.

Locations: Will be posted at the entrance to the music hallway, near Cummings 223.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Midge Thomas, metho@conncoll.edu

Drop-in consultations for music theory placement and other music course selections (5-10 minutes). Students with some theory background should take the online placement test first (see link above). Location: Will be posted at the entrance to the music hallway, near Cummings 223.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the consultation.

Contact: Professor Midge Thomas, metho@conncoll.edu 

Orchestra auditions (string and wind instruments -- 5-10 minutes each). Please bring a short piece to perform, choosing something that you are comfortable playing (approximately 3-4 minutes in length). You may also be asked to play one or two major scales and arpeggios.

Location: Will be posted at the entrance to the music hallway, near Cummings 223.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Toshi Shimada, tshimada@conncoll.edu

New Music & Improvisation Ensemble auditions (5-10 minutes each). All instrumentalists and vocalists who are interested in performing contemporary classical music and learning strategies for improvisation are invited to audition. Please prepare a brief excerpt of a piece of your choice.

Location: Will be posted at the entrance to the music hallway, near Cummings 223.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Peter Jarvis, pjarvis@conncoll.edu

Concert Band auditions (Wind instruments: 5-10 minutes each). Please prepare a short solo or etude of your choice for the audition. You may also be asked to play a scale or two to determine your comfortable instrumental range for seating assignment.

Location: Will be posted at the entrance to the music hallway, near Cummings 223.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Gary Buttery, gabut@conncoll.edu 

Jazz Ensemble auditions (wind instruments, rhythm section instruments, and voice -- 5-10 minutes each). Please prepare a standard jazz tune (Real Book, etc) that will demonstrate your musical knowledge of the genre as an instrumentalist. For a vocal audition, please prepare a jazz standard of your choice that you can sing unaccompanied, demonstrating your range, vocal quality, pitch, and knowledge of the genre.

Location: Will be posted at the entrance to the music hallway, near Cummings 223.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Gary Buttery, gabut@conncoll.edu

French

Time: 2-4 P.M.

Location: Shain Library, PC Classroom.

In-person placement test. Faculty from the French and Francophone Department will also be able to discuss your placement during this time.

Results: Will be given to you at the placement test.

Online placement test, taken any time: http://www.transparent.com/learn-french/proficiency-test.html

For results: Email your score out of 50 points total to Professor James Austin, jfaus@conncoll.edu, prior to Aug. 24.

For students who have taken the SAT exam in French or have a 4 or 5 on the AP test, visit: https://www.conncoll.edu/academics/majors-departments-programs/departments/french/french-placement-exam/ for placement information.

Contact: Professor James Austin, jfaus@conncoll.edu

Chinese

Time: 3-4 P.M.

Location for Placement Exam: Room 203, Woodworth House (Prof. Tek-wah King’s office)

Location for Interview: 3rd floor lounge, Woodworth House

Written placement exam (lasting about 50 minutes)

One-on-one oral interview (ca. 10 min).

Results: Will be emailed to you by Sunday evening.

Contact: Professor Tek-wah King, tkin@conncoll.edu

Computer Science

Time: 3-4:30 P.M.

Location: New London Hall 208 (Prof. Ozgur Izmirli’s Office)

Placement test and interviews.

Results: Will be given to you at the interview.

Contact: Professor Ozgur Izmirli oizm@conncoll.edu 

German

Time: 3-4 P.M.

Location: Blaustein 332

Online placement test (lasting 1 hour) and interview required of students with prior German experience Complete the online test at https://testyourlanguage.com/german-level-test prior to coming for an interview in Blaustein 332

Results: Will be emailed to you by Sunday evening.

Contact: Professor Suzuko Knott sknott@conncoll.edu

Latin & Ancient Greek

Time: 3-4:30 P.M.

Location: Blaustein 324 (Associate Professor of Classics Darryl Phillips’ Office).

Placement Interview (lasting 5-10 minutes). During the interview we'll discuss your background in the language and talk about prior classes that you completed to determine the appropriate course level for you at Conn. 

Results: Will be given to you at the interview.

Contact: Professor Darryl Phillips, dphilli2@conncoll.edu

Mathematics & Statistics

Time: 3-4:30 P.M.

Location: Fanning Hall, Third Floor (Mathematics & Statistics Department)

Placement interviews (lasting 5 minutes) will take place on the third floor of Fanning Hall. Strongly recommended for all students planning to take a mathematics course, particularly those planning to take any course in the calculus sequence, or a statistics course.  (Students who had a placement interview during the Academic Fair do not need to have a second interview.)

Results: Will be given to you at the interview.

Contact: Professor Christopher Hammond, cnham@conncoll.edu

Japanese

Time: 4-5 P.M.

Location for Placement Exam: 1st floor lounge, Woodworth House

Location for Interview: Room 101 Woodworth House (Professor Hisae Kobayashi’s Office)

Written Placement Exam (lasting 30 minutes) and Oral Interview (lasting 10 minutes).

Results: Will be emailed to you by Sunday evening.

Contact: Professor Hisae Kobayashi, hkob@conncoll.edu

Russian

Time: 4-5 P.M.

Location: Blaustein 330 (Prof. Ivanov’s Office)

Placement Interview (10 minutes each),

Results: Will be given to you at the interview.

Contact: Professor Petko Ivanov, pivanov@conncoll.edu

Arabic Language

Time: 4:30-5:15 P.M.

Location: Blaustein 324 (Prof. Phillips’ Office).

Placement Interview (lasting 5-10 minutes). During the interview we'll discuss your background in Arabic to determine the appropriate course level for you at Conn.  

Results: Will be given to you at interview.

Contact: Professor Darryl Phillips, dphilli2@conncoll.edu

Spanish (Hispanic Studies)

Time: 4:30-5:30 P.M.

Location: Winthrop 205

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Luis Gonzalez will be available to answer questions about Spanish placement, or the Hispanic Studies department.

Contact: Professor Luis Gonzalez, lmgon@conncoll.edu

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28

12:15-2:45 P.M. | LISTED IN ORDER OF START TIMES

Theater

12:15-1 P.M.

Location: Tansil Theater

Information Session for students interested in any aspect of Theater (performance, tech, classes).

Contact: Professor Ken Prestinizi, kprestin@conncoll.edu

Dance

Time: 1:15-2:45 P.M.

Location: Myers Studio, 3rd floor, Cro

Introduction to Dance Department: Joyful Class. Come ready to dance and find out what classes you can register for in your first semester at Conn. No experience necessary. Wear any comfortable clothing.

Contact: Heidi Henderson hhend@conncoll.edu

Scheduled after Welcome Weekend (Orientation)

Tuesday, August 31

4:15-7 P.M. | LISTED IN ORDER OF START TIMES

Music

Choir placement auditions (all voice parts -- 5-10 minutes). Please prepare a short piece of your choice that fits your voice range. You may also be asked to sight-read and demonstrate pitch memory.

Location: Cummings 218.

Time: 4:15-7:00 P.M.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Rachel Feldman, rfeldman@conncoll.edu

Orchestra auditions for first-year students who missed the August 27 auditions and for returning students (string and wind instruments -- 5-10 minutes each). Please bring a short piece to perform, choosing something that you are comfortable playing (approximately 3-4 minutes in length). You may also be asked to play one or two major scales and arpeggios.

Location: Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center

Time: 7:15-8:30 P.M.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Toshi Shimada, tshimada@conncoll.edu

Wednesday, September 1

9 A.M.-10 P.M. | LISTED IN ORDER OF START TIMES

Music

New Music & Improvisation Ensemble auditions for first-year students who missed the August 27 auditions and for returning students (5-10 minutes each). All instrumentalists and vocalists who are interested in performing contemporary classical music and learning strategies for improvisation are invited to audition. Please prepare a brief excerpt of a piece of your choice.

Location: Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center

Time: 9-11 A.M.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Peter Jarvis, pjarvis@conncoll.edu   

Auditions for private instrumental and vocal lessons for first-year students who missed the August 27 auditions and for returning students (5-10 minutes each). Please plan to perform a short piece that demonstrates your background.

Locations: Will be posted at the entrance to the music hallway, near Cummings 223.

2:30-4:30 P.M.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Midge Thomas, metho@conncoll.edu

Concert Band auditions for first-year students who missed the August 27 auditions and for returning students (wind instruments -- 5-10 minutes each). Please prepare a short solo or etude of your choice for the audition. You may also be asked to play a scale or two to determine your comfortable instrumental range for seating assignment.

Location: Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center

Time: 7:15-8:30 P.M.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Gary Buttery, gabut@conncoll.edu 

Jazz Ensemble auditions for first-year students who missed the August 27 auditions and for returning students (wind instruments, rhythm section instruments, and voice -- 5-10 minutes each). Please prepare a standard jazz tune (Real Book, etc) that will demonstrate your musical knowledge of the genre as an instrumentalist. For a vocal audition, please prepare a jazz standard of your choice that you can sing unaccompanied, demonstrating your range, vocal quality, pitch, and knowledge of the genre. Location: Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center

Time: 8:45-10:00 P.M.

Results: Will be given to you immediately following the audition.

Contact: Professor Gary Buttery, gabut@conncoll.edu